years after their last platter, the fabulously funky Pure Cane Sugar,
The Sugarman Three are back with their fourth album, What The World Needs
Now. The Three – Dap-Kings sax player and Sugarman Three band leader Neal
Sugarman, Adam Scone on organ and Rudy Aldin on drums, with several pals from
the Daptone Records stable sitting
in – haven’t lost a step in the last decade, and probably picked up a few new
tricks along the way.
the classic jazz trio into a funky setting, Neal Sugarman and pals blaze, vamp,
groove and sleaze their way through originals like the jumping “Your Friendly
Neighborhood Sugarman,” the steady rolling “Rudy’s Intervention” and the moody
funk noir of “Jealous Moon.” Producer and fellow Dap King Bosco Mann adds
essential bass lines to the dirty party groove of “Witches Boogaloo,” the
after-hours jazz vamp “Mellow Meeting” and various other tracks. Sugarman Three
also puts the funky finger on The Standells’ 1960s garage rock classic “Dirty
Water,” and rework the Burt Bacharach and Hal David title cut “What The World
Needs Now” as a smoky slow dance. Organist Adam Scone really shines this time
out, taking the lead and setting the scene on most of the tracks.
again breathing new life into an old form, The Sugarman Three are back to show
us all How It’s Supposed To Be Done.
DOWNLOAD: “Rudy’s Intervention,”
“Witches Boogaloo,” “What The World Needs Now,” “Jealous Moon.” CARL HANNI